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and their families. the holmes family would like to maintain their privacy so at this time we will not be discussing james or his relationship to the family. and we would respect courtesy in that regard. so thank you very much for your tim time. >> i don't think he was able to, no. they're doing as well as they can under the circumstances. you know, we haven't been looking at all of the news reports, so i really can't comment on that. that, i can't comment on that, either. criminal defense attorneys understand the system a lot better than civil attorneys. [ inaudible question ] >> i'm sorry. [ inaudible question ] >> throughout the process. throughout. all through the weekend when i was getting calls and also after i saw his appearance. >> i really can't comment on that. [ inaudible website ] [ inaudible question ] >> i have no comment on that. i have no comment on their whereabouts. i don't think they would like the media to know where they are. i think arlene holmes statement clarifies that a bit as to how they reacted. i think everyone can imagine how they're feeling. anyone who has ever been a p
masked shooting in american history. police say 24-year-old james holmes put on full tactical gear, including a helmet, gas mask and a vest like this, arming himself with three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. 20 minutes after the movie started, dates saw that same emergency exit door open again. >> the way that this person swung into the door, it seemed like this person was probably acting like a villain. to swing to the door, to walk in, dressed all in black, a black cap, a black gas mask, body armor, weapon wrapped around his neck which i thought was fake. >> me and my husband at the time, we thaulgts ought oh, som pulling a prank. i hear this poof from down on my right. and then i see this canister go all the way up, arch over the screen and land about four or five rows below me. my first thought was oh, it's some kind of a fireworks. >> come to find out it was containing a deadly -- like a toxic gasz. it was hard for us to breathe. >> reporter: smoke filled the dark theater as fear swept through the sold-out crowd. and then it got even worsz. >> i realize people were
do have to get into james holmes' apartment. when they doll they'll finally recover some evidence, the important question, in understanding this, what happened to james holmes and what caused him to do what he allegedly did. it's easy enough to know what help was, a gifted student and all that, but how he became what he supposedly, reportedly, allegedly became, still just a suspect at this point. it won't be known until they start taking evidence and inventory of what's in his apartment and analyze us a thl. as i said, that will resume in about two hours. meantime, holmes is not talking to the cops, not cooperating at all. he's asked for an attorney and due for his first court appearance monday morning. >> he did identify himself at the joker at the outset. can you confirm those reports? >> reporter: that's what police have said and the observation was made by new york city police commissioner that that may be what he was attempting to prove, his identity for some reason, but i can't make that direct connection and i think it's a little risky at this point to do that. could that b
holmes was at least trying or attempting to get to a gun range to practice perhaps with the guns he was using allegedly to kill these people. >> has this gun range manager talked to authorities to reveal the information or have they come to him hoping this might fill in blanks in the investigation? >> i don't have that answer directly but the police have either been in front of or right behind us every step of the way. once this person's name came forward i'm sure he was contacted by the fbi which has been combing this town or police. again, he had no direct contact. it was only an online application and out of due diligence this gun range owner calls back to kind of query people over the phone and got this very weird and bizarre message. he had never met holmes. holmes never followed up on the online application. it was the one online application on june 25th. >> very fascinating information. >>> some in the theater that night in aurora are revealing more, describing in vivid detail how they narrowly escaped death. you have been hearing incredible stories from survivors. what more
explosives. nearby residents evacuated. the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, arraigned on monday. police say he purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition and four guns in the weeks before the attack. however, the motive remains unknown. the shooting left 12 people dead, 58 injured many of them seriously. let's go now to the tense scene outside the apartment and the dell tis attempt to get inside and search for more evidence. late yesterday the chief described what's inside that apartment. >> it is a very vexing problem, how to enter that apartment safely. i personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us is in there. i'm a layman when it comes to bomb stuff. i see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition. jars full of liquid. some things that look like mortar rounds. >> nbc's mike taibbi is there live for us. mike, with an early good morning to you, what's the latest from the scene? >> reporter: good morning, alex. yeah, i spoke with a couple police officers from aurora a few minutes ago who said in about two hours the attempt to enter the apartment pt res
his contact with james holmes was weird and even bizarre. let's get to drew griffin who joins us now in denver on the phone. what are you learning? >> interesting thing. james holmes replied online on june 25th to join a private gun range out in colorado about a half hour drive from where he was living. and the owner there called back and got a message on james holmes' message machine that he described as very weird almost as if the person leaving the message was drunk, just weird and bizarre, a deep gutteral forced voice on the message machine. he said to his staff this guy doesn't get anywhere near our range until i meet him personally. he told one of our producers he didn't know if this guy was an idiot or what was happening. it was only after the killing that his staff and remembered the name that this guy had applied online and found out this is indeed the guy who applied online to join our gun range and had this very, very odd message machine at his home. it is bits and pieces but we now know that james holmes was at least trying or attempting to get to a gun range to practice
to think for the neighbor who lives below james holmes in that apartment. some of my colleagues spoke with the person who lives right below him and said at some point, the night before, all of that loud music, that she had actually gone in there and opened up the door. so imagine just how much worse this could have been had that happened. those authorities have been nearly 36 hours cleaning out that apartment. >> just think if the suspect had made some sort of miss take when he was having the stuff delivered and putting it together. and large, i mean large volumes of delivers we were told by law enforcement over the last couple of months, ed. why? >> and this is one of the things that the police chief talked about. they shared a little bit of this yesterday. the work that had been done over the last few months. we learned from law enforcement officials, that the guns were purchased in several area gun stores here in the denver area. during the last three months, there was a great deal of ammunition. some say 6,000 rounds that james holmes purchased a and had delivered to him. they say
in the mail room at the university of colorado's medical campus sent by james holmes. the details inside that package apparently contained key details about friday's theater massacre and could finally expose not only how holmes allegedly executed his rampage but also answer the one question no one knows or understands. why? let's get straight to ed lavendara on the ground for us in aurora, colorado. do we know who this package was actually sent to and when? >> reporter: our understanding is that it was sent to a psychology professor there at the university of colorado where james holmes had been studying for the past year in that ph.d neuro science program. we learned about the package at the university back on monday when several buildings on campus had to be evacuated for several hours as bomb technicians and teams looked at it to make sure there were no explosive devices or anything. all of that was cleared. yesterday we learned the package had been sent to the university, was found in the mail room, and was addressed from james holmes. kyra? >> sorry about that, ed. i thought we had
't want this just to be about james holmes, i don't want this just to be about him. but we do know that he is not talking. there's no motive that is known. the associated press has been able to obtain some briefing documents from federal authorities, and we've heard from local authorities as well, why he did this alex remains a mystery. >> chris, it is so difficult to hear you put names and facts and details to people that previously we've just known as being one of 12, having been killed, it's really hard to hear. but you what about dramatic stories of heroism from survivors? what are you hearing on that front? >> reporter: well, i'm telling you what we're hearing so often is exactly what i just said about the person who died trying to shield his girlfriend, that so many people in the midst of all of this chaos -- you know, maybe you've heard the stories but you have to put yourself inside that darkened movie theater. every single seat was taken. then you have a gunman who's impo imposing. first of all, head to toe he's in black and military gear, antiballistic gear. he's 6'3" tall, and b
gunman now identified as 24-year-old james eagan holmes. he was arrested outside the theater near the back of a apartment. outside police found three weapons in that car, another gun was found inside the theater. authorities evacuated everyone in the suspect's apartment building by 4:00 a.m. after he warned them that his home was booby trapped. when they broke in later they found incendiary and chemical devices as well as apparent trip wires. police are still on the scene at that apartment. let's get the very latest right now starting with cnn's ed lavandera. he's over at the movie theater where all of this unfolded. what is the very latest, ed? >> reporter: wolf, we've just confirmed with a law enforcement source as to where these four guns were purchased. we've been told by this law enforcement source that all four guns were purchased legally within the last six months. two of the guns were purchased at a bass pro shop in the city of denver. one of the guns was purchased at a mountain gander gun store here in the town of aurora. another was purchased at a gander mountain in thor
of make james holmes spiral out of control. we were told he had done poorly on the final exam. this was all around the same time that according to law enforcement sources he was buying weapons at various gun stores around the denver area and also amassing all of the ammunition, the 6,000 rounds of ammunition as well as all the explosive materials found inside of his apartment. so those are big clues and obviously big issues that psychologists and investigators are taking a much closer look at. >> all right. ed lavendara, we'll be talking throughout the morning as we find out more about james holmes and the investigation taking place in particular with regard to this package that was sent to the university. okay. i want to make it very clear that james holmes has still not given police a motive. and we still do not understand his state of mind. this story, though, undoubtedly has left so many parents wondering about their own children and what could potentially go wrong. what are the warning signs? how do you even know that your child is capable of such unspeakable violence? an
in the colorado movie theater massacre. the suspect, james holmes, was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university of colorado before the shooting that took 12 lives and injured steps more. there are also reports that holmes sent the psychiatrist a notebook that may contain possible damning evidence. next hour we'll talk about what a doctor can and cannot legally do in cases like this or potentially report to authorities even. >>> and now to the victims of that rampage. services today for three of the 12 people killed in that crowded movie theater just over a week ago, the victims include naval petty officer john larimer from illinois, matt mcquinn from ohio who died saving his girlfriend from gunfire, and an aspiring sports reporter jessica ghawi from texas. powerful words from ghawi's brother during her service in san antonio today. >> i just wanted to leave with you two things. if this coward could is done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love. and the other thing is if you're putting your dreams on hold, you stop that right now. you chase those
the apartment of james holmes, the suspected colorado shooter. a law enforcement official has described to cnn video taken from inside the apartment. he said it was set up like something from iraq or afghanistan. 30 improvised grenades rigged to a control box in the kitchen and gas containers filled with ten gallons of gas, allegedly for the purpose of adding more fuel to the fire in an explosion. cnn's jim spelman is in aurora, colorado, right outside the theater where the shooting happened. the description of the apartment is extraordinary and terrifying. what else do you know about it? >> reporter: just trying to picture 30 of the home-made grenades filled with black powder and gas containers around to amplify the fire after these things went off. all set to a srs of trip wires. one set to go off when the first person who goes in opens the door. it took them almost two days to come up with a strategy to eliminate them. ultimately they used water to disrupt the control box. these things were so volatile, they had to carry each one out in a bucket of sand to a dump truck, take them out into t
hours from the moment they went in to james holmes' apartment, they were able to start taking away the evidence and the belongings from what we can tell, they have completely cleared out his apartment. a law enforcement source tells cnn, they removed interestingly enough a batman poster, a batman mask, and his computer. all of that has been taken away from the apartment. and obviously, they're going through that computer, trying to see what kind of evidence they might be able to find. they're hoping that would be a type of clue that would provide a great deal of evidence. and depth into what exactly james holmes has been doing for the last several months in preparing for this attack. don? >> we also learned something about the weapon used in that theater. what do police say about that? >> well, we had heard from one of the shooting victims, they believe that at some point, one of the weapons that james holmes was using inside the theater had jammed. we're told by a law enforcement source that appears to be the case. it was the ar-15 assault rifle that jammed at some point and this
minutes of the first 911 call, the gunman surrounders to police. he's identified as james holmes. holmes, who lives just for miles from the theater, tells police he's left a bomb in his third floor apartment. >> we are not sure what we are dealing with the home. they appear to be insend airy devices. they're linked with all kinds of wires, as a layman it's not something i've seen before. >> reporter: police won't speculate on a motive for holmes who is now in custody awaiting his first court appearance on monday. >> knowning us now is paul oweder mott who was in the theater and isiah. >> i was sitting right near the exit. >> so when he came in, you saw him almost immediately. >> i think i was the first person to see him and i told my girlfriend to get down right when he was throwing the canister. >> did you know what he was throwing. >> i knew it wasn't right. i figured if he was swat, he would yell something. >> so the fact that he was alone raised your suspicion. >> yeah. he didn't do anything, just stood there, threw the can and shot in the air. >> where were you? >> i was on the fron
in the suspect's apartment. jim? >> one thing that everyone is talking about in the demeanor of james holmes in the courtroom. on front page of every paper. his red hair, his big eyes. you were inside the court, jim, what did it seem like to you? >> we didn't know what to expect. the first question on everybody's mind is would his hair be red. we had heard that from law enforcement sources. all the witnesses who were in the theater say he was wearing a helmet and mask. so that was the first thing was seeing his red hair after he described himself as the joker. this guy just looked dazed, he looked weak. he looked small to me and after initially scanning the crowd when he walked in, the rest of the time he more or less just looked straight ahead. meantime back in the seats of the courtroom. family members could not take their eyes off him. i saw parents of people who had died just staring at him the whole time. and you could tell it was a very emotional time for them. and they're there in the courtroom where they can't show any kind of emotional all. they have to be quiet. very typical for th
, we heard from the aurora police chief and he described how his officers identified james holmes as the suspect and not a s.w.a.t. officer despite all of his ballistic gear. >> there was one particular piece of equipment that he had on him that was out of place. i am so proud of my officers that they spotted that right away and chal llenged him. in that chaos, it is quite reasonable that an officer might have confused him for a s.w.a.t. officer or a heavily armed officer responding to the scene. so kudos to my two cops who grabbed this guy and that sharp observation that they made immediately that led them to suspect him as being a suspect. >> there is more we are learning about the 24-year-old suspected of mass murder. he will appear in court tomorrow morning for the first time and the sheriff says holmes is isolated from other inmates. reports suggest he is now also refusing to talk with police. >>> as for his boobytraped apartment, the fbi detonated explosives they collected there in a remote, desert area. they will analyze the remnants at fbi headquarters. officials say the t
, that professor was actually james holmes' psychiatrist, dr. lynn fenton. she is the head of student medical health services at the university of colorado's aurora campus. and according to holmes' attorney, mr. holmes was a psychiatric patient of dr. fenton and his communications with her are protected. that attorney is now trying to get ahold of that package and the contents of which, according to cbs news, supposedly describe how holmes would kill people. the information is privileged, according to holmes' attorney, confidential and should not be in the hands of the police. > now, i want to tell you this, on monday, school officials, including the campus police chief did answer some questions. and i want you to specifically listen to this exchange i had with the police chief regarding holmes' interaction with the campus security. >> did your department or any of your officers have any interaction with this student whatsoever? >> we -- i don't have any information on him at all. >> did you do a records check on him? >> yes. and as you already know, i think there was a traffic ticket from au
officer. >> reporter: as we have been talking about, holmes faces his first court appearance tomorrow. as far as other evidence collected here last night, the fbi also left with a lab top and a hard drive. back to you. >> kristin dahlgren, many thanks for that. as kristin was just saying, he will be in court tomorrow. for more on the legal process ahead, i'm joined by former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, sima are. what do you expect to happen tomorrow? >> tomorrow is the initial advise many. bail is not an issue, because he has been remanded because of so many homicides involved. at this point, there is a difference between when police brings charges and the d.a. decides what charges are going to be indicted. this is the time when mr. holmes is going to be advised of his constitutional rights. >> so we have 12 killed, 58 injured. when you talk about the charges, the difference between police and what the d.a. brings, how do they decide that and what do you expect to see? >> the d.a. is going to look at different counts of murder and decide what can i prove? what i suspect
the alleged shooter, james holmes in court yesterday. mike taibbi is live in centennial, colorado, watching that for us. what's the latest on the investigation? >> reporter: the investigation will continue, but there are only a few elements still to be investigated. the forensic scene at theater and the suspect's apartment has been completed at this point. they're still checking how it was and by what means the suspect james holmes was able to have some 50 packages filled with all the supplies that added up to his alleged arsenal, were given to him, either at an address at the university of colorado where he'd been a grad student or at his apartment about five blocks from the campus. they're talking to officials at the university about that at this point. the two moisture decisions still being made in the case is whether the prosecution will go for the death penalty. that decision will be made within 60 days after the arraignment. and at that arraignment, the second part of the story, will the defense go for an ngi, lawyers call it a not guilty by reason of insanity, but that keeps the arra
in the university of colorado mail room that appears to have been mailed by the suspected shooter, james holmes. cnn's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been trying to nail down more information on this. and we'll continue to do so, wolf. >> what's the university of colorado sa
holmes will be back in court, but there will be no pictures of him this time. judge william sylvester put the hammer down. no cell phones, laptops, ipads, or audio tapes allowed either all to make sure he gets a fair trial. jim spelman is live in sev centennial, colorado, where prosecutors are about to lay o their case against him, holmes, rather. >> reporter: just over two hours holmes will make his way from the jail right here through an underground tunnel into the courthouse to hear what's bound to be a long list of charges against him. at the hearing where accused gunman james holmes is scheduled to be formally charged his attorneys will argue that a package holmes sent to a psychiatrist before the shootings is protected communication between doctor and patient. this after a weekend of mourning for victims at memorial and funeral services in ohio, illinois, and texas. for matt quinn and third generation navy man larimer who died while shielding their it girlfriends of gunfire -- >> greater love to lay down his life for friends. >> reporter: and for jessica, a budding sportscaster whos
have come out that this package was probably sent by james holmes, the university says they can no longer comment or make any kind of comments in regard to this investigation. the judge in this case has issued a wide-ranging gag order. many officials starting to clamp down and not speak publicly about what's going on in this case now. >> ed lavandera on the scene for us as he's been right from the beginning. thank you. elsewhere, in maryland, police say the fbi are now investigating an abduction with ties to the baseball legend cal rib ken jr. his mother was found safe this morning almost 24 hours after being taken from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the
. >>> blackouts, suspected shooter james holmes back in court. you won't see him no cameras, n cell phones, no recording devices. why aren't you being allowed to see what's going on inside the courtroom? >>> a mistake -- dick cheney coming out swinging, being one of the few top republicans to say john mccain's pick of sarah palin as vp was a bad choice. >>> and they call her the missile, missy franklin, just 17 and already turning heads in london. the female michael phelps, as some call her, dives in today for two very crucial races. "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. happy monday to you. i'm carol costello. we begin in poland this morning where just a few minutes ago mitt romney arrived on the third and final leg of his overseas trip. but it's his tough talk on iran that's still getting a lot of attention. romney says no option should be taken off the table to prevent iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >> we must not delude ourselves into thinking containment is an option. we must lead the effort to prevent iran from building and possessin
appearance in a few hours. 24-year-old james holmes accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58. he's being held in isolation right now. police say he is not cooperating. but they continue to uncover some twisted new clues. >>> a deadly accident 100 miles southeast of san antonio, 11 people killed, 12 others injured when police say one pickup truck veered off u.s. highway 59 and slammed into two large trees last night. police say it was a one vehicle accident. 23 people were loaded inside both the truck's bed and cab. border patrol will assist with this investigation. radioactive fallout from japan's nuclear plant may cause as many as 2500 cancer cases worldwide. 1300 cancer deaths. that's according to a study by scientists at stanford university. >>> and there's an investigation by japan's ministry of health, labor and welfare into reports that workers at the damaged plant were told to use led covers over their detection devices to hide the severity of the radiation release. >>> now you see it. now you don't. the implosion of an old 17-story hotel in new orleans known as the grand palace,
. also ahead for you, a closer look at the arsenal that holmes he massed. >> he was a very tense weekend in the middle east with the u.s. stepping up its presence around syria providing more help to the rebels. how far will our government go? we'll have a live report from the middle east. >> but first, of course, our top story here. the man accused of one of the worst shooting massacres in u.s. history will make his first court appearance in a few hours. police say it could take months before we know why he carried out this senseless act of violence during a midnight movie premier. 24-year-old james holmes accused of killing 12 people, wounding 58 people including mothers, fathers, members of the military, even a 6-year-old girl. eight are still in critical condition this morning. >> we are learning that budding scientist allegedly was planning this for months. his apartment was rigged with trip wires, gas canisters that a gun range owner was so scared by him that he rejected him a month ago. and it could have been a lot worse. had a rife well a 100 round drum magazine not jammed. >> we
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suspect linked to a shooting is due in court tomorrow. james holmes, he is expected to be charged in the case. 12 people died, 58 others were injured. david matingly joins us outside the courthouse in centennial, colorado. the building behind you, we know he's being housed in the jailhouse. what are we expecting at tomorrow's hearing? he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the last hearing. >> that's true, but tomorrow, when we see everything going on, expect to see the prosecutors taking center stage. that's because they are going to have a chance now to tell us what they plan to charge the suspect with. we had 12 people killed that night. we're looking at 12 possible premeditated murder charges. all of them potential ly in the state of colorado could carry the death penalty. we also have 58 people wounded. there are several dozen people there where they could possibly have attempted murder charnges s well, not to mention charges that could come from his apartment. the improvised explosive devices he had set, rigged to go off if someone went in the apartment. he also had music play
and the fbi have been all over james holmes' apartment today, slowly and carefully since the front door was rigged to trigger a bomb. we're going to live to the apartment building in just a couple of moments. let's go to breanna keeler. >> don, the worst drought in more than 50 years is crippling farmers in the midwest. half of the states in the region are reported to be in severe to exceptional drought. that's the region that produces about 75% of the nation's corn and soybean crop. the drought is especially hard on livestock. many ranchers having to sell off their herds early. with the focus on the colorado movie massacre, the relentless gun violence in chicago is going almost unnoticed. but in the past 24 hours, 21 people have been shot across the city. three died. police are blaming a gang fight for the latest killing. and in syria, rebels are making slow but steady progress against government forces. that's noticeable especially along the border with turkey. government troops appear to have abandoned some crossings. ivan watson describes the chaos there along the border. >> reporte
homes and the rumors that scientology played a role in the split. katie holmes, who was raised catholic, has filed for sole custody of their daughter. here's cnn's tom foreman. >> reporter: when it comes to scientology, tom cruise may well be the faith's most combative faith defender. >> do you know what ritalin is? it's a street drug now. do you understand that? >> the difference is -- >> no, matt, i'm asking you a question. matt, i am asking question. >> there's abuse. >> you don't know the history of psychiatry, i do. >> reporter: although he joined scientology in the '80s, over the past decade, his identification with the group has been much more pronounced. he's explained his beliefs in the press and the star giving a military salute to a scientology leader -- >> i think it's a privilege to call yourself a scientologist. it's something that you have to earn, because a scientologist does -- he or she has the ability to create new and better realities and improve conditions. >> reporter: many of his statements underscore a central lesson of the faith, that its followers can accomplis
the shooting suspect james holmes mailed a package to the university of colorado campus in aurora which was received on monday and forced the evacuation of a building. it was holmes himself who told police where to find it. cbs news says the package was addressed to a psychologist and contained a letter talking about shooting people along with scribbling showing the gunman shooting victims. we're going to have a full report from aurora in a few minutes. >>> six days after the mssacre in aurora, colorado, gun control is a very hot topic on the campaign trail. he waited five days to enter the fray. president obama is now front and center on the debate. telling the national urban league in new orleans yesterday some weapons sales need to be restricted. >> i, like mostamericans, believe the second amendment guarantees an individual the right to bare arms. but i also believe a lot of gun owners would believe that ak-47s belong in the hands of soldiers not criminals. >> mitt romney does not see it the same way. he believes tighter gun control laws would do little to stop a massacre like the o
video of the suspect, james holmes' booby trapped apartment tells cnn it was rigged with more than 30 homemade grenades and ten gallons of gasoline. the source says that would have created a fireball knocking out walls engulfing the entire building in flames undoubtedly killing many more people. cnn's ed lavandera is joining us now once again from aurora, colorado. ed, what else are you learning? there are new developments emerging even as we speak. >> reporter: well, there's a great deal going on behind the scenes, but now there's a great effort to make sure that the principle players and many of the people involved in these investigations no longer speak publicly about what is going on. the judge issuing a gag order. ever since that has happened, it's become much more difficult to be able to report on this story and to keep up with what is going on. but we're told a few days ago by the police chief here in aurora that today, tuesday, would be the day defense attorneys would get a chance to go through the movie theater to do their own analysis inside the movie theater and gather thei
holmes reveals that holmes was a patient of a university of colorado psychiatrist before the massacre. it also states that a suspicious package found in a school mail room was addressed to that doctor. >>> meanwhile, police in prince george's county, maryland just outside washington displayed an impressive arsenal by a man who threatened to shoot people at his former workplace. he allegedly referred to himself as joker, the same name as holmes allegedly used. joe johns is with us working the story whachlt are you finding out, joe? >> candy, file this under the heading threats police are taking very seriously right now. they thinkaverted a workplace injury. a man in the process of getting fired from his job. he worked for a subcontractor. on monday he made a series of calls that got him thinking about james holmes, the alleged movie theater shooter. >> he made significant threats to coming back and harming people at the business. in fact, he said i'm a joker. and i'm going to load my guns and blow everyone up. >> those calls were reported to police and led to an investigation. when pol
to defend james holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in this case. and then at some point tomorrow the theater would be turned back over to the company that owns it. and what happens to it after then is very much up in the air about whether or not when or if this theater will reopen. so we'll try to figure out how that plays out over the next couple of days, wolf. >> you've also been putting, ed, some of those dots together how james holmes allegedly paid for that huge arsenal that he had assembled. i guess within only a few months. >> reporter: well, that's one of the aspects we've been working on. if you start following the timeline, it was in june just a little more than a month ago that james holmes dropped out of that neuroscience ph.d. program here at the university of colorado. but according to authorities, it was during toward the end of that time that he had begun amassing the arsenal of weapons -- the four weapons he had bought in three local gun shops here in the denver area as well as 6,000 rounds of ammunition plus all of the materials that you detailed there at the beginning, wol
to judgment about the affiliation or beliefs of the shooter as abc news did. >> there's a james holmes of aurora, colorado, page on the tea party site, as well, talking about him joining the tea party last year. we don't know if this is the same james holmes. but james holmes of aurora, colorado. >> it turned out to be someone with the same name. and abc and brian ross apologized. that was a terrible blunder. the other troubling thing that particular in particular does is to turn such an atrocities into ideological fodder while all the victims are still being treated. msnbc had a gun-control debate just hours after the shootings, and there was this gun control discussion on cnn. >> honestly, i think this is the wrong night to be doing this. i wish you'd waited to have this segment until after the funerals. >> a lot of people have said that today. a lot of people who don't want strengthening gun control have said this is not the date to debate. it i tell you the day to debate it would be yesterday to have prevented this happening. >> other pundits said there was no need for some grand p
been here for more than 24 hours since they took james holmes into custody. it's that red brick building just over my shoulder. the streets have been cordoned off, many of the buildings around it have been evacuated. we know that here in the next couple of hours they will allow people in the surrounding apartments to come back. but what they did earlier when we heard that explosion, it was this technique to try to dismantle some of the trip wires that were connected to the devices they were finding inside of the apartment. apparently that worked to the extent it allowed them to dismantle some of the major pieces that they were the most concerned abt. it was in the words of the police chief, a very sophisticated setup inside that apartment and one that was designed to conflict more damage and pain and the police chief said if anyone walked into that apartment building or that apartment, opened up that door, they could have been seriously injured, if not killed. >> make no mistake, okay, this apartment was designed, i say, based on everything i've seen, to kill whoever entered it,
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against james holmes. he's expected to face 12 counts of first-degree murder. holmes is accused of opening fire at a theater killing many 12 people. for some of the survivors, they're turning to faith. hear from one survivor who went to church for the first time since the shooting more than a week ago. >> let's put our hands together and welcome him. >> could you walk us back to the night of the shooting? >> we walked into that theater, and the whole place was completely packed, and here were two seats like they were just waiting for us. ♪ >> i do believe the lord wanted me in that theater and i believe he protected me for a reason. maybe the reason is to show what i've been praying for the last year every day is, lord, help me, help me, give me a way to shoulder the world who you are, and, you know, if this is that reason, then halleluiah. >> he's got a long ways go. he's got a lot of healing to take place and obviously this has been extremely difficult, but think he's very optimistic, very positive, very upbeat for the future. >> the bullet went straight into my arm. i was lying on my
shootings will be in court tomorrow. prosecutors will file formal changes against james holmes. he's expected to face 12 counts of first-degree murder. holmes is accused of opening fire at an arohr real movie theater, killing more than 12 people a week ago. >>> and in syria where rebels and government forces are still fighting to gain control of alebeau, the country's main commercial scepter.eppo, the co commercial scepter. syria's tv says they suffered losses. ivan watson is watching this firsthand. earlier he told us about an army base that's surrounded by rebels. >> reporter: for the last hour i've been watching rebels attack on a syrian army base located just outside the northern limits of that city of aleppo. it started around sunset with great deal of rocket fire and mortar fire and machine gunfire, and we've basically been watching constant tracer fire at night, focused on this syrian army base and emerging from this syrian army base. the rebels seem to be attacking this base, which has an estimated 14 tanks and about more than 200 soldiers from many different directions. an
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